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Title: Patissā

Classification: Sword

Artist(s): Unknown

Date: 18th–19th century

Dimensions: L. 50 in.

Museum number: 268

Physical location: Section 2 (Central Hall): Implements of War

The straight double-edged blade of this sword does not classify it as a khāṅḍā because it does not have a basket hilt. It is categorised, instead, as a patissā. The hilt is of a typical North Indian form with traces of what appear to be silver.

The double-edged blade is considered to be of great significance. Although difficult to handle, it proves to be very efficient in deft hands. It was therefore, considered a status symbol. Even though this example is not of a particularly high quality, its owner would still have commanded some authority in his sub-community.

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